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Four Join Bulldogs In Class of 2016

The Bulldogs meet in the circle (Sal Onorato photo)
The Bulldogs meet in the circle (Sal Onorato photo)

All Bring Strong Credentials To New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four freshmen are set to join the Yale softball program for the 2012-13 season. Lauren Delgadillo (San Clemente, Calif.), Rhydian Glass (Goshen, Conn.), Brittany Labbadia (Berlin, Conn.) and Allie Souza (Stamford, Conn.) all bring strong credentials to New Haven.

Here is a closer look at the Class of 2016:

Lauren Delgadillo  C/1B   San Clemente, Calif.

Before Yale: Sea View League most valuable player as a senior at San Clemente High School… Two-time first team all-league selection… Batted .453 with a team-best eight home runs last spring… Also led team in hits and doubles… San Clemente's Player of the Year as a senior and Offensive Player of the Year in her junior year… Team co-captain as a senior… Helped San Clemente to the 2012 league championship… Played club softball for the California Cruisers and the American Athletics.

Personal: Volunteers one week each summer at an orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico, where her mother is from.

Why Yale? "I am convinced that no other university can offer me the highest quality education, competitive softball program and a sense of belonging."

Rhydian Glass    P    Goshen, Conn.

Before Yale: Holds virtually every pitching record at the Taft School… Three-time all-league selection… Starting pitcher for the varsity in each of her four years… Selected as the team's most valuable player three straight years… 2012 team captain… Helped Taft to its first undefeated season in school history as a senior. Team won Founders League title and the Class A Western New England championship… Played club softball for the Central Massachusetts Rapids Gold.

Personal: Tri-Town Little League umpire and clinic instructor… School tour guide… Helped to design Taft's new softball field.

Why Yale? "I am so looking forward to the challenges and possibilities Yale will afford me academically and athletically. How could anyone pass up the opportunity to attend a school that provides both an incredible education and the chance to play on a competitive collegiate team."

Brittany Labbadia    INF    Berlin, Conn.

Before Yale: Three-time first team all-state shortstop at Berlin High School… Earned first team all-conference recognition in each of her four years… Led team in batting average (.530), hits (35), doubles (3), triples (6), home runs (4), RBI (18), runs (31) and stolen bases (15) as a senior… Selected to the Junior Select and Senior All Star teams… Team captain in her junior and senior seasons… Berlin High School's 2012 female CAS/CIAC Scholar Athlete… Played club softball for Connecticut Tradition South.

Personal: Recipient of the President's Dartmouth Alumni Club Book Award and the President's Annual C. Howard Goding Award… Selected to represent Berlin at the Global Leadership and Sportsmanship Conferences… Mother Lynn played softball at Quinnipiac and is a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Why Yale? "As a Connecticut resident I have always been intrigued by Yale's long tradition of academic excellence and athletic pride. I selected Yale not only because the university offered all that I was looking for – a premier education, student diversity and an opportunity to play Division I softball – but also because I felt very welcomed during my visit by my soon-to-be teammates."

Allie Souza    OF    Stamford, Conn.

Before Yale: Two-time first team all-league selection at Westhill High School… Earned first team all-state recognition as a junior…  Batted .426 as a senior with 14 stolen bases, 18 runs scored and 10 RBI… Helped Westhill to a state championship as a sophomore… Also earned all-league honors as a member of the basketball and soccer teams… Played for the Connecticut Tradition South club team.

Personal: Co-Founder and President of Westhill High School's Heart to Heart Club, which shared ideas on helping the school, community and world… Avid horseback rider… Mother, Nancy, played softball and field hockey at Rutgers… Aunt, Lynn Souza, played softball at Providence.

Why Yale? "Not only is Yale one of the top academic institutions in the world, but it is a place that I feel breeds acceptance and inclusion.  You will find every kind of person here, and students know how to balance their studies, extracurricular activities and social lives all at one time.  I feel that it allows you to be whoever you want to be, free of judgment, and decided immediately that it was the perfect place for me."